SCiDEV Participates in the Workshop on Advocacy for Freedom of Information as part of ATLIB Project

SCiDEV Participates in the Workshop on Advocacy for Freedom of Information as part of ATLIB Project

SCiDEV Participates in the Workshop on Advocacy for Freedom of Information as part of ATLIB Project

As part of the “Transnational Advocacy for Freedom of Information in the Balkans” #ATLIB project, together with stakeholders from Italy and Serbia working in the field of media development and democracy, we joined the workshop organized by our project partner and lead, Osservatorio Balcani e Caucaso Transeuropa (OBCT).

The workshop was held in Rome, on 10 April 2024, and aimed at fostering the transnational exchange of experiences and best practices between Albanian, Italian and Serbian stakeholders committed to the promotion of freedom of information. We discussed key findings from our advocacy and research work on media freedom and safety of journalists in Albania. In focus of this workshop were also discussions around the methodology and mapping of the upcoming shadow report that SCIDEV will author on the EU accession negotiations concerning the media sector in Albania.

SCiDEV was represented in this workshop by Blerjana Bino, Executive Director, and Dea Elmasllari, Project Coordinator on the Media and Communication pillar. We highlighted our advocacy and research work through the Safety of Journalists Network too, pointing out the collaboration with a diverse array of stakeholders including media freedom advocates, academic scholars, civil society representatives from the media development field, media outlets and experts. In its efforts, SCiDEV utilizes statements to public institutions, open letters, and letters of concern as tools to publicly advocate for media freedom and address specific issues or incidents, and collaborates with MFRR (Media Freedom Rapid Response), EU partners, and other organizations amplifies the effort and brings in additional expertise and support.

During the workshop,  we emphasized that the EU accession process is providing a structured path for Albania to improve its media freedom landscape with the geopolitical situation presenting unique opportunities for advocacy and change with a lot of focus on disinformation. Despite notable achievements in garnering recognition as key influencers in media advocacy, persistent challenges such as limited public support, media capture, and wavering civil society backing remain, which SCiDEV will address in its continued research work as part of the ATLIB project, too.

The workshop discussions were also attended by project partners: Project partners:  Luisa Chiodi, OBC Transeuropa ; Serena Epis, OBC Transeuropa ; Sielke Kelner, OBC Transeuropa; Nevena Rsumovic, Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia; Tamara Filipović, Independent Journalists’ Association of Serbia. During the stakeholder discussion Italian counterparts were represented by:  Andrea Oleandri, Coalizione Italiana Libertà e Diritti Civili; Angelo Luigi Baiguini, Consiglio Nazionale Ordine dei Giornalisti; Graziella di Mambro, Articolo 21; Martina Turola, The Good Lobby; Vittorio di Trapani, Federazione Nazionale Stampa Italiana.

Learn more about the project by visiting the project page here.

The project is co-funded by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.